The Cheney 17U baseball team began its last leg of the season with a 10-9 loss in a nine-inning game against Pullman’s AA American Legion team, July 14.
The one game against Pullman was originally scheduled as a doubleheader, but one contest was canceled due to American Legion playoffs, according to Cheney head coach Austin Sharp. Sharp said Pullman opted to make the game a nine-inning one.
With the game tied 8-8 at the end of five innings, Cheney scored one run in the sixth to take the lead. Pullman took back the lead with two runs in the seventh.
Sharp knew his team was facing tough opposition. Pullman finished their regular season 9-0 and clinched the AA Area 3 American League Division.
“Pullman has had their run of their league and we stuck it out,” Sharp said. “It was a good game, we just couldn’t pull it out.”
At the plate, Luke Martin was 4 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored. Andrew Witt was 2 for 6 with a double, two RBIs and one run scored. Mason Bender was 3 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored.
Johnny Owings (1-1) took the loss on the mound after he shared pitching duties with Dylan Arthur, Matt Riggs and Jacob Lauber.
The Summerhawks (9-12) traveled to Post Falls to play a doubleheader against the Prairie Cardinals, July 19. Cheney wraps up their season in the Smash and Splash 16U tournament in Moses Lake, July 22-24.
While he has a couple of players who are 17 years old, Sharp said officials will let them play “as long as they are not allowed to pitch.”
The Summerhawks begin the tournament in Pool C with their first game against Northwest Premier, July 22. The next day they play the Bulldogs Elite out of Sumner.
Cheney swept Premier in a June 28 doubleheader, 7-6, 10-1.
Three days later, Premier earned a 9-0 shutout over Cheney during the Wood Bat Classic Tournament.
“These teams (in the tournament) are mostly club teams and we’ve played well against the club teams we’ve faced so far,” Sharp said. “The boys like the tournament style of play.”